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Thomas Jefferson quotes

If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.

When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.

The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.

He who knows best knows how little he knows.

It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.